Graphic novelist was killed by Argentina's military

U.S.-based Argentinian helmer Gustavo Mosquera (“Moebius”) will helm “The Oesterheld Project,” a feature film based on the work and tragic life of graphic novelist Hector German Oesterheld, believed to have been abducted and killed by the military during Argentina’s dictatorship.

Producer Donald Ranvaud (“The Constant Gardener”) is shepherding “Oesterheld,” via his Buena Onda Intl. shingle, which operates in Latin America and Italy. Plans are to start shooting this year.

Mosquera has completed the script for “Oesterheld.” His cult 1996 “Moebius,” based on a comic strip, also depicted the dirty politics of dictatorship.

Pic will include up to 20 minutes of material adapted from Oesterheld’s groundbreaking graphic epic “El Eternauta,” considered his masterpiece.

“Now that America has run out of superheroes, it’s time to show that Latin America, and also Italy, are treasure troves of fantastic graphic novels providing material for films that can rely on narrative rather than special effects,” Ranvaud said.

Also in the Buena Onda pipeline are another graphic novel-based pic, “Dix,” marking the helming debut of Italo comicbook artist Carlo Ambrosini, and “Vera,” a supernatural drama to be directed in Spanish in Puerto Rico by Beniamino Catena, helmer of innovative hit skein “Squadra antimafia.”

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